Dhaka, Sep 13 (UNB) - Robi- Drishty Debate Championship-2018 began in Chattogram on Thursday. This is the 26th year of this premiere debating competition, said a press release today.
Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) Mayor A. J. M. Nasir Uddin inaugurated the debate competition at the Chattogram Zila Shilpakala Academy, as the chief guest.
Robi’s Managing Director and CEO, Mahtab Uddin Ahmed and the ex-debater and CEO, Nagorik television, Abdun Nur Tushar, Robi’s Head of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, Shahed Alam, Vice President, Media, Communications and Sustainability, Ekram Kabir and Cluster Market Director, A. S. M. Enayetur Rahim were also present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, CCC Mayor A. J. M. Nasir Uddin said: “We need to remove narrow-mindedness, in order to achieve the vision of making Bangladesh a developed nation. Constructive debate is essential to bring about positive changes in the society. We need to apply reasoning in every aspect of our life to enrich our society.”
Commenting on the occasion, Robi’s Managing Director and CEO, Mahtab Uddin Ahmed said: “Debating is the key enabler to the creation of a knowledge-based society. It is, in that circumstance, very important that we introduce our young generation to this art at an early age. I would like to thank the organizers of Drishty Chattogram for championing the cause for debate in our society.”
Ex-debater and CEO, Nagorik television, Abdun Nur Tushar said, “We can build a meritorious and genious Bangladesh through debate. Debaters are creative, imaginative, courageous and thinking people, all these qualities are essential to become an ideal human being.”
Drishty Chattogram’s President, Masud Bokul presided over the inauguration programme. The Vice President of the organization, Saif Chowdhury and General Secretary, Saber Shah, also spoke on the occasion.
Dhaka, Sep 13 (UNB) – Posts, Telecommunications and IT Minister Mustafa Jabbar today said country’s all unions would be brought under high speed internet connectivity by 2019 through fiber optic cable lines.
“Excepting 772 unions of remote areas all unions of the country will come under high speed internet connectivity by December this year and the rest will be by 2019,” he told a concluding function of Top –Up IT and ITES Foundation Skills Training Programme organized by a project of Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) under ICT Division.
Jabbar called upon the young generation to be skilled on emerging technology as the skills you have earned through the training will be obsolete in future.
“Time-befitting training is imperative at the moment as technology is changing very fast,” he said adding that the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is aware about this technological development and Bangladesh under her visionary leadership will lead Digital revolution in the days to come.
Chaired by Information and Communication Technology Secretary Zuena Aziz the function was also addressed among others by Executive Director of BCC Partapratim Deb, Additional Secretary of ICT Division Rashadul Islam, LICT Project Director Md. Rezaul Karim and LICT Component Team Leader Sami Ahmed and Project Director, Ernst & Young Kamal Mansharamani.
The programme was organized to mark the competition of training to build 30,000 skilled human resources under the World Bank financed Leveraging ICT for Growth, Employment and Governance (LICT) Project of BCC of ICT Division.
The UK based Ernst and Young (EY) conducted the training for the last three and half years to the meet the demand for skilled human resources of the ICT sector to some extent.
Of the total 30,000 trained human resources 10,000 received Top-Up IT training and 20,000 Foundation Skilled training. Of the 10,000 Top-Up IT trained manpower 4,059 were placed in the IT and IT Enabled Service (IT-ITES) sector till July 2018.
Earlier while presenting a demo on sustainability of the training programme at BCC conference room Operation Manager of EY Suman Saha said the EY maintained quality of the training as a trainer’s pool was created by internationally reputed trainers.
The pre-assessment and post-assessment of trainees are conducted by National Association of Software Services Companies (NASSCOM) and the content was certified by the George Washington University, USA, he said adding the Training of Trainers (ToT) pool, course curriculum and monitoring tool developed under the training programme would be very useful for the future training programme.
Eminent educationist and Professor of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology Muhammed Zafar Iqbal, Executive Director BCC Parthapratim Deb, LICT Project Director Md. Rezaul Karim and Director Training of BCC Engineer Enamul Kabir spoke at the function.
Dhaka, Sep 13 (UNB) - Banglalink has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Le Méridien Dhaka, a concern of Mariott International.
Under the MoU, officials of Le Méridien Dhaka will use Banglalink’s connections and digital services.
Erik Aas, CEO, Banglalink, and Constantinos S. Gavriel, General Manager of Le Méridien Dhaka signed the Mou on behalf of their respective organisations.
Choukri Berghout, Chief B2B Officer, Banglalink, Anwar Hossain, Director of Sales and Marketing, Le Méridien Dhaka, H M Ziaur Rahman, Manager Information Technology, Le Méridien Dhaka and other officials from Banglalink were also present at the occasion.
The signing ceremony was followed by a discussion on Banglalink’s 4G Network, telecom solutions, digital services and other related issues.
Choukri Berghout, Chief B2B Officer, Banglalink said, “We are delighted to sign the MoU with Le Méridien Dhaka. Currently, Banglalink is the highest spectrum per customer providing private operator in the country with enhanced network capacity.
We firmly believe that Le Méridien Dhaka officials will benefit from our quality digital services.”
Cupertino, Sep 13 (AP/UNB) — Apple unveiled three new iPhones on Wednesday, including its biggest and most expensive model yet, as the company seeks to widen the product's appeal amid slowing sales.
CEO Tim Cook showed off the iPhone XS Max, which has a bigger screen than the one on last year's dramatically designed model , the iPhone X. It'll cost about $1,100, topping the iPhone X, which at $1,000 seemed jaw-dropping at the time. An updated iPhone X, now called the XS, stays at $1,000.
As with the iPhone X, both new phones have screens that run from edge to edge, an effort to maximize the display without making the phone too awkward to hold. The screen needs no backlight, so black would appear as truly black rather than simply dark. The Max model looks to be about the size of the iPhone 8 Plus, though the screen size is much larger.
The iPhone XS Max, which will be available on Sept. 21 — with orders open the week before — represents Apple's attempt to feed consumers' appetite for increasingly larger screens as they rely on smartphones to watch and record video and to take photos wherever they are.
By making more expensive iPhones, Apple has been able to boost its profits despite waning demand as people upgrade phones less frequently. IPhones fetched an average price of $724 during the April-June period, a nearly 20 percent increase from a year earlier.
Apple also showed off a cheaper iPhone, called the iPhone XR. It has a traditional, lower-quality screen and an aluminum body; it's physically smaller than the iPhone 8 Plus but has a bigger screen. It'll cost roughly $750 and come out on Oct. 26.
All three new models join the iPhone X in getting rid of the home button to make room for more screen. They will have facial-recognition technology to unlock the device.
Although it didn't sell quite as analysts anticipated, the iPhone X still emerged as the most popular in Apple's line-up, according to Cook. That emboldened the company to aim an even more expensive device at the affluent households that tend to gravitate to its products, especially in the U.S. and Europe.
For everyone else, many of whom are still using iPhones they purchased several years ago, there's the XR.
"I am going to go out on a limb and say the XR is going to become Apple's top-selling iPhone," said analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights. "It is a smart strategy to keep more people in the Apple ecosystem and get even more people to come into it."
The next major update to the iOS will be released next Tuesday, followed a week later by a Mac software update. Both will be free to install.
Apple also announced updates that push its Apple Watch further into medical device territory. It has a larger screen and a built-in heart sensor that the company said can detect irregular heart rates and perform an electrocardiogram. The latter feature has been cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the company said.
Ben Wood of CCS Insight said getting U.S. regulatory clearance for that is a milestone that underscores the company's leadership in health and fitness. Typically, smartwatches are marketed as consumer devices, not medical ones needing clearance.
These features will be available to U.S. customers later this year, but Apple did not say when it would make it to the rest of the world.
In addition, Apple said the Series 4 Apple Watch will also be able to detect when someone falls — and can tell the difference between a trip and a fall. If it detects a fall and the user doesn't respond in a minute, it'll automatically call for help. This feature may be especially attractive to older people or those with elderly parents worried about falling when no one is around to help.
Salt Lake City, Sep 12 (AP/UNB) — A strange thing happened after Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 crew returned from the moon with lunar rocks: Many of the mementos given to every U.S. state vanished. Now, after years of sleuthing, a former NASA investigator is closing in on his goal of locating the whereabouts of all 50.
In recent weeks, two of the rocks that dropped off the radar after the 1969 mission were located in Louisiana and Utah, leaving only New York and Delaware with unaccounted-for souvenirs.
Attorney and moon rock hunter Joseph Gutheinz says it "blows his mind," that the rocks failed to be carefully chronicled and saved by some of the states that received them, but he is hopeful the last two can be located before the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission next summer.
"It's a tangible piece of history," he said. "Neil Armstrong's first mission ... was to reach down and grab some rocks and dust in case they needed to make an emergency takeoff."
President Richard Nixon's administration presented the tiny lunar samples to all 50 states and 135 countries, but few were officially recorded and most disappeared, Gutheinz said.
Each state got a tiny sample encased in acrylic and mounted on a wooden plaque, along with the state flag. Some were placed in museums, while others went on display in state capitols. But almost no state entered them into an archival record, and many lost track of them, he said.
When Gutheinz started leading the effort to find them in 2002, he estimates that 40 states had lost track of the rocks.
"I think part of it was, we honestly believed that going back to the moon was going to be a regular occurrence," Gutheinz said. But there were only five more journeys before the last manned moon landing, Apollo 17, in 1972.
Of the Apollo 11 rocks given to other countries, about 70 percent remain unaccounted for, he said.
The U.S. government also sent out a second set of goodwill moon rocks to the states and other nations after the Apollo 17 mission, and many of those are missing too, he said.
NASA didn't track their whereabouts after giving them to the Nixon administration for distribution, said chief historian Bill Barry, but added the space agency would be happy to see them located.
Gutheinz began his career as an investigator for NASA, where he found illicit sellers asking millions for rocks on the black market. Authentic moon rocks are considered national treasures and can't legally be sold in the U.S., he said.
He became aware while at NASA that the gifts to the states were missing, but only began his hunt after leaving the agency.
Now a lawyer in the Houston area, he's also a college instructor who's enlisted the help of his students. The record their findings of the whereabouts of the discovered moon gems in a database.
Many of the Apollo 11 rocks have turned up in some unexpected places: with ex-governors in West Virginia and Colorado, in a military-artifact storage building in Minnesota; and with a former crab boat captain from TV's "Deadliest Catch" in Alaska.
In New York, officials that oversee the state museum have no record of that state's Apollo 11 rock. In Delaware, the sample was stolen from its state museum on Sept. 22, 1977. Police were contacted, but it was never found.
The U.S. Virgin Islands territory, meanwhile, can't confirm that they ever received a goodwill rock, though the University of the Virgin Islands later received Apollo 11 rocks for scientific research, said chief conservator Julio Encarnacion III.
In other states, though Gutheinz has recently hit paydirt. The Advocate newspaper in Baton Rouge located Louisiana's Apollo 11 moon rock in early August after a call from Gutheinz.
In Utah, the division of state history had no record of the sample, but The Associated Press confirmed it was in storage at Salt Lake City's Clark Planetarium.
Officials there may bring it out as part of celebrations recognizing the Apollo 11 anniversary next year, something Gutheinz hopes to see everywhere.
"The people of the world deserve this," he said. "They deserve to see something that our astronauts accomplished and be a part it."